Fall is when the metro Phoenix culture scene really revs up, and this season, artists are tackling some fascinating subject matter from psychedelics to mass incarceration. Here’s a look at seven must-see exhibits, where you can explore a drum set hand-painted for the band Tool, a video with the ASMR effect popularized on TikTok, and new sculptures by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
‘The Beyond Within’
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Through January 23, 2022
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, located at Mesa Arts Center, is showing works by New York-based artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, who are part of the Visionary Arts movement. Featured works range from a Tool drum set painted by Alex Grey, which will be used during the band’s 2022 tour, to paintings exploring psychedelics.
‘Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration’
ASU Art Museum
Through February 12, 2022
ASU Art Museum is showing work that depicts historical, philosophical, sociological, and theological perspectives of incarceration created by 12 artists working in various mediums, including photography, prints, sculpture, video, and more. Featured artists include Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, Raven Chacon, Cannupa Hanska Luger, and Stephanie Syjuco.
‘Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists’
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Through January 23, 2022
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is showing works by 11 emerging Phoenix artists working in diverse mediums including mixed-media, neon, painting, sculpture, video incorporating ASMR, and more. Several of the pieces address social justice and identity. Featured artists include Vincent Chung, Estephania González, Lena Klett, Cydnei Mallory, and Papay Solomon.
‘Oscar Muñoz: Invisibilia’
Phoenix Art Museum
Through January 16, 2022
Phoenix Art Museum is showing the first U.S. mid-career survey for Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz, organized with Blanton Museum of Art in Texas. During a career spanning five decades, Muñoz has explored memory, time, history, and knowledge through drawing, photography, video, and installation art.
‘Temporary in Nature’
Lisa Sette Gallery
Through December 31
Lisa Sette Gallery is showing work that reflects the challenges of creating art amid an age of upheaval. A dozen artists, including Bin Danh, Mayme Kratz, Marie Navarre, and James Turrell, speak to both the destruction wrought by global systems and the possibility of countering those systems with radically different approaches to both nature and self.
‘Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art’
October 24, 2021, to January 2, 2022
Heard Museum is highlighting paintings and sculptures created by American Indian artists during the 20th and 21st centuries, organizing artworks to show their art historical significance and the way these artists have responded to both the challenges and opportunities of their times. Featured artists include T.C. Cannon, Kent Monkman, and Kay WalkingStick.
‘Chihuly in the Desert’
Desert Botanical Garden
and Taliesin West
December 3, 2021 to June 19, 2022
Desert Botanical Garden and Taliesin West are exhibiting works by Washington-based glass artist Dale Chihuly, who often draws on forms and colors prevalent in the natural world. Several of the large-scale installations in this exhibition are being shown for the first time. Chihuly’s works will be on view outdoors, as well as inside the garden’s art gallery.